Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter
March 19, 2018
NCFC/NGFA Joint Statement on Legislation to Resolve Section 199A of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) and National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) today issued a joint statement regarding a stakeholder-driven proposal to resolve the unintended consequences of Section 199A of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.   The two organizations said they support inclusion of the legislation to amend Section 199A as part of the fiscal year 2018 Omnibus appropriations bill this month, and believe it warrants bipartisan support.  The legislation, if approved by Congress, would be retroactive to the start of the 2018 tax year on Jan. 1.  Read the full statement here .
NGFA Members: Tell Your Lawmakers You Need Their Support TODAY on the Legislative Solution to Section 199A 
Source: National Grain & Feed Association
Congress will decide today whether to include the Section 199A fix in the omnibus spending bill.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer need to hear from Democrats that the legislative solution is urgently needed in the omnibus this week. Please make a phone call to your representatives and senators THIS MORNING and urge him/her to tell congressional leaders the 199A solution needs to be included in the omnibus today!
 
MAKE A CALL   to your lawmakers to tell them how important it is to support and pass the solution to Section 199A. Click HERE to take action today!
NGFA Hill Briefing: Full Court Press on Section 199A, Farm Bill Delays, and CRP
Source: NGFA - March 16, 2018
Twenty-five NGFA members from across the country arrived in the nation's capital this week to urge members of Congress to enact the stakeholder driven solution to the significant Section 199A problem in the tax law before Congress recesses on March 23. NGFA conducted more than 60 visits with lawmakers and staff who will be key in correcting the provision. 
News from the Statehouse
There was pandemonium at the Statehouse as the Indiana General Assembly faced its Sine Die deadline of midnight on Wednesday, March 14. Just after midnight on March 15, both chambers decided to adjourn without taking final action on seven bills, all of which were not voted on in the House and one of which was not voted on in the Senate.
In breaking news, Governor Holcomb announced today that he will call legislators back to the Statehouse sometime in May for a special session to address several topics of unfinished business.
ACI tracked over 55 bills this session. Bills of importance included noxious weed classifications, state seed commissioner regulations and federal food safety regulations. Through input and expertise from a number of members, ACI lobbyists Mark Shublak and Lesa Dietrick were able to craft these bills to eliminate onerous requirements on agribusiness. This week's newsletter recaps bills that addressed key ACI priorities along with a preview for 2019. 
A more in depth policy report regarding the legislative session and federal news can be found by clicking HERE for the ACI Policy Newsletter.  You can find your full bill tracking report here and the actual language of the bill here. The 2018 Bill Watch webpage can be found herewhich is updated as Governor Holcomb signs the bills.
 
If you have questions, feel free to contact Mark Shublak  mark.shublak@icemiller.com or Lesa Dietrick  lesa.dietrick@icemiller.com .
ACI Grain & Feed Committee 
Needs You!
ACI Grain and Feed Committee Chair George Greenwood is looking for motivated volunteers to participate in the Grain & Feed committee for the 2018 year. The recent events around Federal Tax law and 199A bring to light the need for active committee involvement and participation to ensure that industry voices are heard and that the Association can truly represent it's members on important and timely issues such as this. Those interested in serving can reach out to George at greenwood@adm.com or calling 317-313-8660.
Bipartisan Hopes For 199A Fix In Omnibus
Politico Pro - March 19, 2018
Although it's tough to get pretty much anything done in Congress these days, there's hope that lawmakers will include a fix for Section 199A of the GOP tax law in the omnibus this week. The omnibus needs to be passed by the end of the week to avert a government shutdown (yes, we're here again, folks), which makes it a promising vehicle for fixing the so-called "grain glitch" in the law. (The text of the omnibus   is expected  to be released tonight). It remains to be seen if farm state lawmakers will be able to get the language into the bill, but Minority Leader   Nancy Pelosi  signaled recently that she was open to having a bipartisan conversation about fixing the glitch, which some took as a positive sign.

The fix is ready:  A deal recently struck to tweak Section 199A seeks to level out the playing field between co-op and other businesses. The way the law is written, co-ops have a big advantage over other types of businesses: farmers who sell their commodities to conglomerates like Cargill, independent grain operators or other companies not structured as co-ops can only deduct 20 percent of their net business income. The fix would repeal the 20 percent deduction of gross sales to co-ops, according to a summary posted last week by the Senate Finance Committee.

Thumbs up from grain:  The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and National Grain and Feed Association recently said they're on board with the including the fix in the omnibus.  
 
See the ACI Policy Report for a joint statement from NGFA and NCFA on 199A and further developments.
Engulfment Prevention Week: 
April 9-13
Suffocation from engulfment is a leading cause of death in grain bins. Engulfment is one of the leading types of fatalities inside a grain bin; however, there are numerous OSHA and industry resources available to assist in preventing future incidents. During the Stand-Up for Grain Engulfment Prevention, employers and workers are encouraged to emphasize worker protection and ways to reduce injuries and prevent fatalities from engulfment.

To learn more about the activities planned for the week, click here.
Farmer's Exchange: 
Officials Discuss NAFTA's Impact
Last Wednesday, Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and other industry representatives gathered for a roundtable conversation on the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the Hoosier economy.  The meeting, hosted by the Agribusiness Council of Indiana in downtown Indianapolis, consisted of members from the Indiana Corn Growers Assn. and Soybean Alliance, the Indiana Beef Cattle Assn., as well as one representative from Cummins Inc., and other Indiana government officials. These individuals represent the Americans for Farmers and Families-a coalition of growers, producers, suppliers, transporters, retailers and consumers dedicated to preserving NAFTA.  Read the full article here .
IGBWLA Seeks New Director
Incumbent serves as Director for the Indiana Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing Agency (IGBWLA) and is responsible for the management of the office and all activities of the IGBWLA. The Director will cooperate and coordinate activities through the Office of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and will work jointly with members of the grain industry in the State of Indiana. The Director reports directly to the Deputy Director of Agriculture. Incumbent is an employee of the Indiana Department of Agriculture and works out of the Indianapolis office; although travel in state will be required to conduct audits.  For job description/requirements, click HERE.

If you are interested in the position, contact Melissa Rekeweg by Friday,   March 23.
Agriculture Secretary Perdue to Keynote NGFA's Annual Convention
Secretary of Agriculture  Sonny Perdue will present the keynote address during the National Grain and Feed Association's (NGFA)  122nd annual convention, scheduled for March 18-20 at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.

For more information, click here.
Register Today for AFIA-KSU 500: Fundamentals of Feed Manufacturing
The American Feed Industry Association has opened registration for its online feed manufacturing course, conducted in partnership with Kansas State University, April 16-May 18. The five-week distance education program provides an in-depth understanding of the feed manufacturing process, while allowing participants to work at their own pace and engage in online discussions with other students and university instructors.

To date, more than 450 individuals have earned a certificate for completing this course. Visit the course website for more information and to register.
Weekly Washington Report - 3-19-18
(by Steve Kopperud)
Click  HERE  to access the full Washington Report featuring these important stories:
  • Industry Agrees on Sec. 199A Fix; Challenge is Getting Congress to Act
  • Congress Unwilling to Wade into Steel Tariff Battle; Industry Continues to Warn Trump of Backlash
  • Trump Orders Separate $30-Billion-PlusTariff List on Chinese Exports, Targets Investment in U.S., Visas
  • Bills to Consolidate Producer Regulatory Reform, Protections, EPA Exemptions introduced
  • Conaway Cancels Farm Bill Introduction, Committee Mark-up Over Food Stamp Fracas
  • RIN Reform Looking More Likely as RFS/RIN Meetings Continue; Biodiesel Tax Credit Push Heats Up
  • PRIA on the Brink Again
  • Dodd-Frank Reform Bill Moves from Senate to House; House Wants to Parlay
  • Syngenta Reaches Deal with Corn Producers
2018
ACI Board of Directors
  
ACI Chair
Rod Miller
Crop Fertility Specialist
  
Vice Chair
Drew Garretson
Winfield United

ACI Secretary
Marv Ulmet
Bane-Welker Equipment
  
ACI Treasurer
 Jim Engelberth
Dow AgroSciences
  
ACI BOARD MEMBERS

Justin Daugherty
GROWMARK

Ben Green
Purple Ribbon Seeds

George Greenwood
ADM Grain 

Jason Helms
AgReliant Genetics

John Larimer
Lords Seed
  
Alan Lowe
Lowe's Pellets & Grain

Brad McCord
Co-Alliance
  
Mike Schweickert
J. P. Morgan Securities, LLC

 ACI   Ex-Officio
Dave Reichhart
AgPlus
  
ISTA Ex-Officio
Rodney Busick
Syngenta

Ex-Officio
Alan Galbreth
ICIA

Ex-Officio
Dr. Jayson Lusk
Purdue
Dept of Ag Economics

Ex-Officio
Don Robison
OISC

Ex-Officio
Dr. Ron Turco
Purdue
Dept of Agronomy

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